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vernonbishop
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Joined: 18 Jan 2008
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Location: Great Falls, MT
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: KitchenAid KPES100NP
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky w/doser
Vac Pot: Bonjour French Press
Drip: Capresso
Roaster: None
Posted Wed May 26, 2010, 12:30pm
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Thanks for the great guide for beginners!!  I really appreciate that you don't have to buy a $10K espresso machine with a $3K grinder and all the really expensive stuff that I cannot afford in my lifetime, in order to enjoy espresso!!  :-)

I just upgraded and I really like what I have and for my rather limited budget ($1,000 for everything), I really can't wait to make better espresso and other drinks for myself!!!  :-)

Thanks again Mark, way to go!!!  :-)

Vernon
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christmanj
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Location: Phoenix
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Posted Sat Nov 27, 2010, 11:56am
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Thank you for this guide!  Highly recommend this! Wish I would have seen it sooner.
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AlexD
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2011, 1:43pm
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Great document for anybody looking to get started in the world of making espresso at home.  Helped me get an idea of what I needed to budget for to have a solid set up for the home.  Before reading this all I was looking at was the espresso machine, not the grinder and accessories.  It gave me a new perspective in my search.
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PamStackhouse
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Location: Lebanon TN
Expertise: I love coffee

Drip: Mr. Coffee
Posted Fri Jul 8, 2011, 10:41pm
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Mr. Prince, just discovered your site this afternoon when searching on the web for a coffee/espresso maker.  Started reading your article & within about 3 sentences discovered how illiterate I really am.  I then started reading the review you did on the new Briel double broiler machine & thought what a great machine!  I think if I were to buy it I would have to perform CPR on my husband when he saw the cost & I must admit it all seems extremely overwhelming.  I didn't even understand half the terms you used regarding the process of using the machine.  Is there a machine that someone as inexperienced as I am could buy to "learn on and then move up to the more expensive models?  I am already looking for a better grinder (I really did pay attention), as I currently have a (collective gasp) blade grinder.  Maybe something in the $300 - $400 range just to learn the basics? I will have your web site to refer to for pointers as I begin the process but I have been looking for hours now & am still over whelmed.  Thanks for any suggestions you or any other coffee geek family member might have. I will also re-read your article to see if I can glean more pearls from it!
PS This is also the first time I have ever written anything in a forum before so if this was the wrong place to put my request any guidance to the correct forum would be greatly appreciated.
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JtothaR
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Espresso: Modded Oscar
Grinder: Anfim Lusso, GM 875
Vac Pot: Air Pot
Drip: Pour-Over, FP, Toddy
Roaster: Agapao, Metropolis, CC
Posted Fri Jul 8, 2011, 11:04pm
Subject: Re: How to Buy an Espresso Machine
 

PamStackhouse Said:

Mr. Prince, just discovered your site this afternoon when searching on the web for a coffee/espresso maker.  Started reading your article & within about 3 sentences discovered how illiterate I really am.  I then started reading the review you did on the new Briel double broiler machine & thought what a great machine!  I think if I were to buy it I would have to perform CPR on my husband when he saw the cost & I must admit it all seems extremely overwhelming.  I didn't even understand half the terms you used regarding the process of using the machine.  Is there a machine that someone as inexperienced as I am could buy to "learn on and then move up to the more expensive models?  I am already looking for a better grinder (I really did pay attention), as I currently have a (collective gasp) blade grinder.  Maybe something in the $300 - $400 range just to learn the basics? I will have your web site to refer to for pointers as I begin the process but I have been looking for hours now & am still over whelmed.  Thanks for any suggestions you or any other coffee geek family member might have. I will also re-read your article to see if I can glean more pearls from it!
PS This is also the first time I have ever written anything in a forum before so if this was the wrong place to put my request any guidance to the correct forum would be greatly appreciated.

Posted July 8, 2011 link

Here is a great starter article to read.

http://coffeegeek.com/guides/howtobuyanespressomachine

You can of course come back with more questions if you have them, Mark is a busy guy so I thought I'd start you in the right direction in the mean time.

Good luck and welcome to CG,
-James

Edit: Did I just link you back to the same article by mistake? I thought you said you had read the review of the Breville Dual Boiler, LOL. See what happens when you stay up too late on the computer? This is the article I was going for. http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide.html

 
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mikeelovescoffee
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Location: Beaverton
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Posted Mon Jul 11, 2011, 4:29pm
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I have been a long time reader of your site and thought its about time to become a member and start contributing to the community. I have been lingering with the idea of getting a Rancilio Silvia and this article really sealed the deal for me. Now I just have to decide where to buy it from. Any articles on the best retailers that sell the Rancilio Silvia? Thanks for all the info..
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jdr1963
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Location: indianapolis
Expertise: I love coffee

Posted Fri Aug 12, 2011, 10:31am
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I am looking for a home espresso machine that uses the "spinning" technique to brew instead of the pump. Anyone know who makes one?
Thanks,
John
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reshma
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Joined: 3 Feb 2012
Posts: 1
Location: seattle
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012, 5:16pm
Subject: What coffee to use for coffee and espresso maker
 

i am about to purchase a coffee/espresso maker. Can you please advise what coffee is best to use in the machine for both types of beverages and where i can find the best most economically priced coffee.
thanks.
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mogan
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Joined: 14 Mar 2013
Posts: 1
Location: Puerto de Mogan, Spain
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Yes
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 11:18pm
Subject: Re: How to Buy an Espresso Machine
 

Aaaah.. I just got mine a fortnight ago. I wish I had known this earlier I could have made a better purchase!
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